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RATINGS: 1141   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses.
2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 I had one as part of my three beers at the 3Floyd's tour. This is fantastic. I could probably drink one throughout a week and still enjoy it. It's so strong too and the warmth it generated inside myself was anything, but that ugly behemoth as a mascot. I wish I had more than one. And I will, for some better notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Wow...what an incredible Barley wine. Great flavor that improves markedly as the beer warms. Beautiful coloration, a nice subtle hoppiness...excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Re-rate 3/11/07. Bottle. Lovely, hoppy aroma. Beautiful, slightly hazy dark red. Tan head. Smooth. Hoppy. Strong, wonderful. Bite creeps up; subtle. Iím a little surprised by itís subtlety; hides the 12%. Great balance. Excellent. 8/26/03: Draught at GTM. Very rich, hoppy, bourbonish aroma. Reddish yellowish in color. Very attractive. Thick head. Small bubble. Incredibly attractive. Very rich, almost orgasmic. Extremeley good flavor. I had two of the best beers I have ever rated on the same day from the same 3 floyds tent at the Great Taste of the Midwest (3 Floyds Alpha King being the other). Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 10, Pal 4, Ov 19.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Tap, FFF, Ratebeer Summer Party 2k3. Big northwestern hop aroma. Big caramel malt flavor. Dryish finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Thanks to jcalabre for this one. My first thought was that it would go good poured over french toast. Very dark, thick sweet candy with enough kick to burn in it's impression all the way down. Somehow it all comes together to be enjoyable, though atypical of the style from my experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
On tap at the brewery: Light brown with a tan head. Piney hops and alcohol aroma. Sticky mouth feel ends really sweet. Too sweet if you ask me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
(draft): Black body with creamy small head. Aroma is big hoppy -- herbal/floral. Taste is sweet strong sticky, heavy malty, big hoppy, some herbal. Sticky, extra-full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Hefty aroma, dripping with caramel, pine, flowers, spices and citrus. Dark copper color with a very fine, creamy, uneven head. Massive dosage of hops here and VERY sweet, thick, syrupy maltiness, more caramel and bitter, juicy, resinous hops. Some balance is achieved although everything here is present in astounding quantities. Long, lingering, bitter, alcoholic, spicy finish. Would have been better had it not been served to me just a little too cold and in a cheap plastic cup. You'd think the brewers would know better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
Rated at RB 2003. Thick creamy head, brownish. Sweet and juicy malts with hints of caramel. I found a bit too heavy. Vintage probably would taste better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Rerate 2002 batch: As aged wonderfully with a deep fruity and vinous quality. The hops are now subdued with the framework of the brew and it is a behemoth but more graceful that ever before... Original review: On tap at Brewery. Multicolored hue of red/brown/orange with a average sized head and good lacing. Full bodied. Breathtaking aroma of smoke, brown sugar, grapefruit, molasses, dark bread with a hint of roasted malt and nuts. Sweet taste with a moderate level of alcohol, smooth for a beer this big. Syrupy and soft mouthfeel. Iím not the biggest fan of barleywine, this one could change my mind.

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